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James River Park System

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

17.9 mile 28.8 kilometer loop
85% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 936' 285 m
Descent: -931' -284 m
High: 204' 62 m
Low: 33' 10 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Rob Tompkins

Challenging singletrack trails in the heart of Richmond, Virginia

Rob Tompkins

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Closed from sundown to sunup and for 24 hours following rain of 1 inch or more

Overview

A collection of several trails including Buttermilk East, Buttermilk Heights, North Bank Trail, Dogwood Dell Loop, and Belle Isle.

Need to Know

Pay attention to the open/closed signs at the trailhead and keep in mind it is a public park that features two way traffic of both bikes and walkers. Also, look for trail user information at kiosk throughout the park.

Description

Dogwood Dell Loop and Forest Hill Park are flowy, smooth, fast courses to test your cornering, pumping, and berm abilities. North Bank Trail and Buttermilk East are your traditional MTB trails with rock gardens, run ups, and stream crossings. Last but not least, Belle Isle features a variety of trails from a gravel track around the island to a skills park featuring rock gardens and a pump track.

This trail is generally ridden from the Reedy Creek parking lot off of River Road or the parking lot off of Pump Road behind the nickel bridge.

It can be ridden both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Keep an eye out for opposing traffic.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed, History & Background

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Check-Ins

May 14, 2020
Justin Bennett
15.8mi — 1h 54m
Sep 2, 2019
Brennan H
May 6, 2019
T Park
Rode the new Northbank connector last week. Awesome addition! 8mi — 1h 00m
Apr 27, 2019
Pasha Kosachevsky
Jan 8, 2019
Scott Johnson
Oct 22, 2018
Hayden Hughes
Jul 12, 2018
James Flanigan
fun as always 11mi
May 25, 2018
Christopher Wright
7mi

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 47 votes

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Photos

Belle Isle Skills park.  Under the Lee bridge.
Aug 17, 2015 near Richmond, VA
Stephen hitting the little wall on Belle
May 23, 2016 near Richmond, VA
Stephen testing the new line.
May 23, 2016 near Richmond, VA
Buff side hill riding
Aug 5, 2013 near Richmond, VA
Buttermilk between Reedy Creek and the Boulevard Bridge
Aug 5, 2013 near Richmond, VA
North side trail ladder bridges
Aug 5, 2013 near Richmond, VA

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